Danville KY again named top 100 Micropolitans in USA

Danville KY top micropolitanDanville KY once again named one of the top 100 Micropolitans in USA

The Danville micropolitan area has once again been ranked in the top tier of micros for new and expanding business projects by SITE Selection magazine. The area includes Boyle and Lincoln counties.

Out of 576 micropolitans in the U.S., Danville was tied for a rank of No. 27 nationally and was ranked No. 2 in Kentucky, according to a press release from the Danville-Boyle Economic Development Partnership.

A Micropolitan Statistical Area contains an urban core (Danville) of at least 10,000 but less than 50,000 in population.

Each micro area consists of one or more counties, including the county containing the core urban area (Boyle), as well as any adjacent counties (Lincoln) that have a high degree of social and economic integration (as measured by commuting to work) with the urban core.

Danville has ranked in the top 100 micropolitan communities in the United States for the past seven years.

“Given the recent Academy Awards, I can compare SITE Selection’s rankings as the Oscars of the economic development profession,” said Jody Lassiter, president and CEO of the Danville-Boyle County Economic Development Partnership.

“I am gratified to see that the Danville Micro continues to perform competitively in our business development results among 576 micropolitan areas in the country.”

SITE Selection magazine’s annual Governor’s Cup rankings have placed Kentucky fourth in the nation for new and expanded industry activity in 2013. Continue reading

Buffett: Real Estate Taught Me How to Invest

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In his annual letter to shareholders, billionaire and Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett talks about how two small non-stock investments in real estate from years ago were keys to teaching him about investing.

Buffett says in the letter that in 1986, he purchased a $280,000, 400-acre farm about 50 miles north of Omaha, Neb. From 1973 to 1981, the Midwest saw an explosion in farm prices, but then the bubble burst and prices declined up to 50 percent or more. That’s when Buffett decided to buy.

“I knew nothing about operating a farm,” Buffett writes.  read more here – http://finance.fortune.cnn.com/2014/02/24/warren-buffett-berkshire-letter/

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Top 10 Best Small Towns In America

Top 10 Best Small Towns In America #2 Danville, Kentucky

Population: 16,218

Closest major highway: U.S. 150 and Kentucky 33

Although Danville came in second overall, it was ranked the most beautiful town in all of America in 2012.

But Danville is home to a rich history too — it’s where the state’s constitution was signed, where the first state-funded School for the Deaf was founded is home to the first black home school in the county.

Kentucky’s birthplace, Danville is a city full of firsts. The town has preserved Constitution Square where the state’s constitution was signed and re-built replica buildings from the time that visitors can tour. Stop by the historic Ephraim McDowell House and The Old Jail to step back in time.

Danville’s rich history includes several educational firsts from the first college and law schools in the West to the first state-funded School for the Deaf and first black home school in the county. Today the town’s the home of Centre College, a leading liberal arts school and host to the previous and upcoming vice presidential debates.

The small town is proud of its locally-owned restaurants, micro-breweries and shops. Start your day at The Hub Coffee Shop and end it at Mermaid’s, with stops at staples like Beer Engine, Red Rooster Café, Burke’s Bakery, Bluegrass Pizza and Pub or Pioneer Playhouse throughout your stay.

Visit in May to attend the annual Lawn Chair Film Festival, September for Eat Drink Danville and Oktoberfest, or September for the Kentucky BBQ Festival. For more of what’s going on in Danville, check out its reviews.

Read more on Top 10 Best Small Towns In America: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-ten-best-small-towns-in-america-2012-11?op=1#ixzz2qiszBjbc

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Danville Kentucky Top 10 Cities for Historic Preservation

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#9. Danville, KY

Danville’s preservation efforts received national attention in 2001, when the National Trust for Historic Preservation presented the town with a Great American Main Street Award. The award honored the work of volunteers and city officials who came together to rehabilitate and beautify parts of downtown. A collective $52 million was spent on renovation and preservation in the 1990s and has paid off with 110 new businesses opening and the creation of more than 300 new jobs.  Which is what makes Danville Kentucky a Top 10 Cities for Historic Preservation.

Among the biggest preservation projects in Danville was the restoration of three historic buildings known as The Hub. These connected buildings were used as a department store from 1914 to 1995. After extensive renovations, the buildings house a coffee shop, bookstore for Centre College and doctors’ offices. Main Street has become a vibrant shopping district in Danville, and a change in the city’s alcohol law led to the opening of several new restaurants, wine shops and bars.

City ordinances offer protection to buildings in a historic district and one street. There are five residential districts on the National Register of Historic Places.

“We have many people and businesses that have moved here recently,” says MaryJo Joseph, chairman of Danville’s Historic Committee. “I don’t think any of them would have come if we didn’t have a healthy downtown. That is what I think draws people here.”

Joseph, who is also a real estate agent, says many people want to live in old downtown buildings. She says residents are committed to preserving the historic look the town has. The Heart of Danville, a group formed in 1984, advocates for the protection of historic buildings and maintaining a vibrant central business district. Danville’s architecture is primarily in the Victorian style. A popular destination for history lovers is Constitution Square, where there is a mixture of actual historic buildings and replicas. Among the historic buildings is a post office that was built in the 1700s. October 2012 marks the 150th anniversary of the Perryville Battlefield near Danville.

Number of Properties on the National Register of Historic Places (including districts): 61

Accolades: Great American Main Street, National Trust for Historic Preservation

Historic Landmarks: Constitution Square State Historic Site (1937), Jacobs Hall (1857), McDowell House (1795)

 read more here – http://livability.com/top-10/top-10-cities-historic-preservation/danville/ky

 

USDA Farm Land Values 2012 Summary

USDA Farm Land Values 2012 Summary

Interesting Stats from the USDA – You’ll want to see how solid central Kentucky farm land as an investment is. (August 2012) USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. The United States farm real estate value, a measurement of the value of all land and buildings on farms, averaged $2,650 per acre for 2012, up 10.9 percent from revised 2011 values. Regional changes in the average value of farm real estate ranged from a 26.7 percent increase in the Northern Plains region to a 4.1 percent decline in the Southeast region. The highest farm real estate values were in the Cornbelt region at $5,560 per acre. The Mountain region had the lowest farm real estate value at $974 per acre.

The United States cropland value increased by $450 per acre (14.5 percent) to $3,550 per acre. In the Northern Plains and Corn Belt regions, the average cropland value increased 30.4 and 18.5 percent, respectively, from the previous year. However, in the Southeast region, cropland values decreased by 3.8 percent.

The United States pasture value increased to $1,150 per acre, or 4.5 percent above 2011. The Southeast region had the largest percentage decrease in pasture value, 7.0 percent below 2011. The Northern Plains had the highest increase at 21.9 percent.

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Danville KY Boyle County sees boost in hotel occupancy

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DANVILLE, Ky. – Boyle County saw the highest growth in hotel occupancy of all Kentucky counties from January 2012 to January 2013, according to Smith Travel Research, Inc. (STR). Danville KY Boyle County sees boost in hotel occupancy.

Boyle County Kentucky has a 68 percent occupancy rate, which is a 5.9 percent increase from the previous year, according to information compiled by STR. Kentucky saw a 2.6 percent growth in occupancy over the last year, making the state average 56 percent.

STR is an American company based in Hendersonville, Tenn. that tracks supply and demand data for the hotel industry and provides market share analysis for all major hotel chains and brands in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

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Yo-Yo Ma in Danville Kentucky at Centre College V The Market

Yo-Yo Ma in Danville Kentucky at Centre College V The Market

Social media is rapidly becoming extremely important in this day and age. The Heart of Danville and the Convention & Visitors Bureau have teamed up for a Social Media Awareness campaign to help our downtown businesses. We have handed out social media cards that stores and restaurants can pass out to their patrons. These cards have instructions on how to post reviews on popular sites such as Yelp and UrbanSpoon. While we can market and promote until we’re blue in the face, we have a great example of how important social media is to small businesses. While in town last week, international musician, Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble, visited V The Market. And how did he find out about V The Market, you ask? Simple…he found them on Yelp! Yo-Yo Ma in Danville Kentucky at Centre College V The Market.

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While it wasn’t the first thing out of Yo-Yo’s mouth, it was pretty close: “We found you on Yelp, and we’d like to come have lunch at your place.”

Yo-Yo called Thursday at 10 in the morning, right before he walked on stage to perform for the students at Danville High. He asked for a spread for 20 people – fine cheese, charcuterie, some champagne – so Wayne and I hopped into action, and within an hour we prepared a spread that surprised even us.

As someone who works for a small business, I don’t underestimate the importance of social media. The invaluable review website brought a renowned American cellist and his entire ensemble to our doorstep. When you post a review on social media sites, everyone wins. For a business, it’s free advertising; for patrons, it’s an unbiased resource for reviews.

– Ross Johnson, Wayne and Jayne’s Whiskey Bar and V The Market

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The business karma of intentional philanthropy

The business karma of intentional philanthropy

Dr. James Greg White is an orthodontist, entrepreneur, restaurateur and philanthropist who has offices in Danville, KY. Over the past six years, the practice of White, Greer and Maggard has donated $1.3 million to specific projects, with $700,000 of it going to school systems in central Kentucky and a half-million to other organizations. The business karma of intentional philanthropy.

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“These are the things we’re involved in,” White said. Some involve our patients and some don’t, but all of it involves community. The orthodontics practice has made charitable contributions since 1991, but it was in 2005 that adding a philanthropic component to the business was every intentional, according to White. “We realized the more we became involved with people, the more people became involved with us,” he said.The majority of the practice’s marketing budget is earmarked for the Continue reading

Help A Seller Out: 5 Tips Home Buyers Would Give Sellers if they Could

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#5. When it comes to staging, the bar is high. Really high. HGTV. Houzz. Architectural Digest. All these outlets which constantly publish beautifully designed and decorated homes have influenced what the average American expects their home to look like – and yours, for that matter. Additionally, all the do-it-yourself publications and shows along with the advent of home improvement stores which double as DIY design emporiums have given everyday people of modest means the power to live in beautiful and functional homes, without breaking the bank. Help A Seller Out: 5 Tips Home Buyers Would Give Sellers if they Could

Beyond all this, professional home staging has taken off in recent years, as data has repeatedly shown that staged homes sell faster, for more, and more certainly than homes that are not staged, nor well-prepared by their owners. So not only is your home competing with the homes buyers are seeing on TV and in the magazines, it is also competing with professionally staged homes for sale right in your own neighborhood – homes that the very buyers who will come to see your home will also have seen, possibly right before or after they view yours!

So, if you want to and can afford to have your home staged, do. If you can’t, you should still take the preparation of your home very seriously, and include your agent or a stager you hire for an hour of advice in the process, taking their input on things like:

  • what furniture to get rid of
  • which improvements will get you the most bang for your buck with local buyers
  • and what paint, flooring and other finish materials will appeal to the broadest buyer segment in your area.

These pros often also have contacts with local handypeople, painters, landscapers and other vendors who can get your home ready for market in a time and cost-efficient manner.

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New Wilderness Trace Distillery Danville Kentucky

New Wilderness Trace Distillery Danville Kentucky focus on quality, not quantity

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will focus on quality, not quantity

Danville KY is going to have its first legal distillery with operations set to begin this September.
Owners of Ferm Solutions, a research and engineer fermenting company on Roy Arnold Drive are developing a division of their company that will distill vodka, Kentucky bourbon, and rye whiskey. New Wilderness Trace Distillery Danville Kentucky. Chief Executive Officer Shane Baker and partner Elmer Heist applied for a state license Wednesday, and the planned opening of the self-funded operation is Sept. 1.Wilderness Trace Distillery will be a small operation committed to quality more than quantity, Baker said.Danville Kentucky Wilderness Trace Distillery We carefully selected a name that would bring a sense of tradition and connection to Danville, he added. Since Ferm Solutions provides the revenue the company operates on, Baker said the distillery will act as a craft distillery operation.”We’re not worried about making a lot of product,” he said. “We’re just interested in making the best.”

Baker said the company intends to do this by offering a unique sweet mash process that is more expensive and time consuming for mainstream distilleries driven by the economy and revenue.

Wilderness Trace Distillery‘s, Wilderness Trace Bourbon and Kentucky Blue Vodka will be among the purest and clean in the industry, Baker said.

For example, Greygoose vodka is distilled four times, he said. Wilderness Trace will distill its vodka 17 times, offering a very unique product.

In addition, the distillery plans to offer a once-a-year product that is nearly unheard of a 34-times distilled heart-cut vodka.

Baker said when distilling alcohol, the still removes what is called the heads and tails, ridding the product of dirty bacteria and other agents.

What is left behind is the good stuff, called the heart by experts in the field. The heart-cut vodka offered essentially will be the heart of the heart, Baker explained.

Although Baker said the distillery’s products will be worthy of a high price, the vodka and bourbon will cost about as much as a non-premium brand, which ballpark in the $20 range.

The Danville KY distillery’s bourbon will not be available when operations begin in September because Baker said it has to age about four years. However, the company plans to age some of its product in smaller barrels to cut the aging process to about five months.

The Danville Kentucky distillery will also offer tours, which will be unique compared to typical bourbon trail tours.

“It will be more focused on the process of alcohol making as opposed to traditional distillery visits,” he said.

He said they also plan to make Danvilles Rye Whiskey once a year in the fall to commemorate the city.

“It should bring a sense of pride and tradition to what everybody associates Kentucky with,” said Baker.

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Maine Distiller Closing Moving To Kentucky

Maine Distiller Closing Moving To KentuckyKentucky Distillery

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) – A vodka and rum distillery in Maine owned by the maker of Jim Beam bourbon is closing down and eliminating about 160 jobs. Beam Inc. announced Thursday that production at its Lewiston plant will gradually be phased out over the next year and operations moved to Frankfort, Ky. The transition is expected to be complete in April 2014. The Lewiston plant makes Pinnacle vodka and Calico Jack rum. The Maine plant’s 160 employees were told of the decision Thursday. Some will be given the opportunity to apply for jobs in Kentucky. Beam officials tell the Sun Journal the decision was made in the interests of efficiency and cost savings. Beam bought the former White Rock Distilleries in Lewiston last year for $605 million. Maine Distiller Closing, Moving To Kentucky.

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Your Guide to FSA USDA Farm Loans

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AgriculturePurpose of This Guide

Who should read this guide?

This guide was written for people who need assistance starting, expanding, or owning a farm or ranch. If you are thinking about borrowing money to start or expand your business, it is a good idea to ask yourself several questions before you begin. Before you borrow money, you need to invest time in learning about your options and the procedures to apply for a loan. This guide will help you identify concerns and questions you may have before you start the loan process.

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C6-H0 – The Centre Harvard Game of 1921

 

C6-H0 – The Centre Harvard Game of 1921

Centre College

By
Valarie H. Ziegler
Centre College Class of 1976


As practically anyone who grew up in Kentucky knows, the Centre College football team defeated Harvard in 1921 by a score of six to nothing. In losing to the smallest college it had ever played, Harvard suffered its first intersectional defeat in four decades. Coming as it did at a time in which football was the most outstanding spectator sport in the nation, the game had such an impact on the sporting world that in 1950 the Associated Press named it the upset of the half century. For one glorious moment Centre College was, as the New York Times noted, catapulted into the center of the football universe.

Not surprisingly, Kentuckians made outlandish claims about their Continue reading

Centre gets top 10 ranking for alumni donors

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DANVILLE, KY. Centre College has been ranked by a publication as one of the top 10 colleges in the country for alumni donors. Centre gets top 10 ranking for alumni donors.

The private college in Danville is ranked sixth nationally by U.S. News and World Report for the percentage of alumni who donate to their alma mater. The publication says nearly 55 percent of Centre alumni donate to the school, well above the national average of 13 percent.

Statistics for the ranking come from data provided by more than 1,200 colleges and universities across the country.

Other schools on the list include Princeton, Williams, Amherst, Davidson and Middlebury.

It’s not the first time Centre has achieved a high ranking. Last year U.S. News ranked Centre fifth nationally for best undergraduate teaching.

Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2013/01/07/2466989/centre-gets-top-10-ranking-for.html#storylink=cpy
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